The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0045 Wednesday, 23 February 2011
From: Will Sharpe <
Date: February 22, 2011 8:18:57 AM EST
Subject: Lizz Ketterer
If I were with you now you'd see that the whiteness in my cheek is apter than my tongue to tell my
errand, but all I have here are words, which seem all too inadequate to express the profound sorrow with
which I must announce the untimely passing of my dear friend, Dr Lizz Ketterer. She died on Saturday due
to respiratory complications arising from a diabetic seizure that she suffered when she was alone at
home. She was found the next day, and she spent a week in a coma before finally passing away on Saturday
night in hospital in Albuquerque, NM. She was a native of New Jersey, though had spent most of her
formative years in Austin, TX. She and I both went through our PhDs as contemporaries at the Shakespeare
Institute, University of Birmingham, UK (we both just graduated in 2009). Her dissertation was a study of
the musical repertory of the Admiral's Men, and she had begun her career in a post at the University of
New Mexico. She collaborated with John Jowett on the 'Middleton, Music, and Dance' essay in the _Early
Modern Textual Culture_ volume of the Oxford Middleton, and her considerable gifts as a scholar were
really starting to find their independent voice -- beyond the penury of graduate school! -- when her life
was tragically cut short. From what I gather from the legion of tributes to her on her Facebook page, her
students clearly reveled in the unmatched warmth, kindness, and lust for life and knowledge that radiated
from her so freely as much as we her colleagues and friends did. She was just 31 years old, and her loss,
for all those that were lucky enough to count her as a friend, is insupportable.
The students and staff at the Institute are busy planning some kind of memorial in her honour, hopefully
to be unveiled sometime in the spring. If anyone would like to be a part of this, please don't hesitate
to get in touch with me. I am deeply sorry that I must be the bringer of such awful news, but I just feel
I want to help out somehow, even though the world without her in it seems a pretty helpless place.
In remembrance of my darling friend, I leave the last words, of course, to Shakespeare, without the
shared love for whom this Englishman would never have been lucky enough to have met her:
'thus far I will boldly publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair.'
With very best wishes to all, and deepest sympathy to all her friends,
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